Where Hast Thou Fled, Yesteryear?~In Which We Discuss Stories In A Multiplicity Of Their Forms, As Usual

Well, would you look at that, it’s 2019.

Greetings, everyone, be ye human, dragon, fish, fowl or sponge! Another year has flown past my eyeballs and I am perturbed by how rapidly time is flying. Time, it seems, has no regard for the speed limit.

As is my custom, I have been looking back on the last year to see what I discovered therein. I am also curious to see what I accomplished, though that list is alarmingly short.

This post is a compilation of my book, movie and theatrical findings from 2018, as well as a few random accomplishments and milestones.

Let us begin.

Movies

I actually discovered a good number of excellent movies in 2018, though none of them came out in that year. I did see several movies in the theater, but none of them impressed me all that much. So we’ll skip those.

 

Not to mention that A Series of Unfortunate Events season two came out in March of 2018, so I might have spent some time obsessing over THAT.

Books

Ah, books. So many out there that can tear you to pieces. WHAT FUN.

Also so many that you can hate beyond reason.

I read several books this past year that made me boil with rage, but we’re not going to talk about those! Here are some books that I actually enjoyed.

 

I actually read Orbiting Jupiter twice. Because it’s short, so I could, and I like to make myself suffer.

Broadway/Musicals

This section tends to be pitifully slim on numbers, but never fear. I have much to say.

This summer I saw Les Misérables on tour, which was my first time ever seeing a professional production of my favorite musical of all time.

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Honestly I wasn’t as blown away as I wanted to be.

They revamped the staging, so I missed seeing the revolving stage that I’d been hearing about from my parents for YEARS. That was disappointing. And Enjolras’ wig was so distracting. It was rather hideous.

It was still good though! A few of the actors were not my favorite, but many of them did a good job. And of course the music was phenomenal, as always.

I guess the most shocking thing about the whole production was Marius.

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I have never cared all that much about Marius. He’s just the lover-boy. But somehow in this production Marius ended up being my favorite character.

I was stunned by this development.

Joshua Grosso’s Marius was quite frankly the best Marius I’ve ever seen. He was so genuine and sweet and awkward. I’m not quite sure how he managed to do it, but he did.

Also I later found out that he played Usnavy in In the Heights at one point, which makes total sense to me. He’s such a dork. (And I mean that in the best way.)

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Honestly I would have liked to see that.

But I am so grateful I got to see him as Marius. His interpretation of “A Heart Full of Love” was BRILLIANT. I have never enjoyed that song more.

The other big musical thing that happened to me in 2018 was An American in Paris.

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No, unfortunately I did not get to see this one live, but they aired a live recording of the London cast on PBS. I am so glad they did.

This show is based on an old movie of the same name, (which I haven’t actually seen) and it’s a musical that incorporates songs by George Gershwin (who is absolutely fantastic) into an original story line.

Where do I even begin? This show was GORGEOUS. The production design was phenomenal. Lighting, costuming, sets- everything was amazing.

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And the CHOREOGRAPHY. Holy cow. The dancing in this show was a huge part of the production, and married perfectly to the story. It boggles my mind that people can dance like that.

Honestly the way that the music, dance and story all melded together was truly spectacular.

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Somehow I completely fell in love with it, even though the entire story pretty much centers around romance. Sometimes I don’t think I know myself at all.

The characters were just so endearing. One in particular.

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Adam Hochberg, as portrayed by David Seadon-Young.

Adam is the narrator- and he has a New York accent, so right off the bat I kind of had to love him.

He’s a composer and he’s super awkward and he’s tough but he has feelings and my cousin adopted him on the spot after we showed it to her. He’s just that lovable.

Henri Baurel, as portrayed by Haydn Oakley, was my second favorite character. He’s French, and also super awkward. Neither he nor Adam have any idea how to talk to girls. AT ALL.

The other characters were all great too. Like Lise. And Henri’s mother. And Jerry.

Anyway. It was just a really, really beautiful production.

But wait, there’s more!

On a slightly less life-altering note, I watched Sweeney Todd in Concert from the year 2001. It was quite good, though that show is EXTREMELY dark and hard to handle at times. It was practically all staged even though it was a concert. They even had several props. Just no real set. So that was cool.

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Looky there, Sweeney and his “friends.”

The weirdest thing though actually was that Count Olaf played the innocent child.

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No wonder he liked torturing children when he grew up.

Random Things

  1. I sang a voice recital. German, French, Italian, and even some English.
  2. I took some really poor pictures of Jupiter and the Galilean moons.
  3.  I BECAME A FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED. That is to say, my cousin had a baby. So I am essentially an aunt. Honestly this is the most mind boggling development of them all. A tiny human exists and it’s related to me.
  4. I wrote a first draft of a creepy circus story! In a month and a half, which is record time for me.
  5. I joined a story club with actual live humans. Not sure what happens next.
  6. I recited the Snow Scout Pledge with my sisters on Christmas Eve for no reason whatsoever except that we’re weird.

In Conclusion

I would say I had a good year. And next year should be exciting, if a bit terrifying.

If all goes well, I’ll be graduating from college in the Spring. Then I have to figure out what to do with my life. And get a job. Or something.

No reason to panic, right?

How was your 2018? Are you surprised that’s it’s over so quickly, or have you grown used to the cruel passage of time? Did anything life changing happen to you in 2018? Did you discover a new favorite book, movie, or show? Did you do much writing? I would love to hear about yesteryear from you!

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19 thoughts on “Where Hast Thou Fled, Yesteryear?~In Which We Discuss Stories In A Multiplicity Of Their Forms, As Usual

  1. 2018 was an exciting year. In the first half I was still a college student and in the second half I was a college graduate.

    Musicals: 5. I was a transfer at Gardner Webb so I loved going to Central Piedmont Community College, the school where my college journey began to see 3 musicals: Oklahoma, Grease, and Newsies. The other two musicals I saw were Lion King and A Christmas Story, The Musical.

    (On a side note: in 2017, I saw the US Tour of Les Mis. Joshua Grosso as Marius was the strongest actor in the love triangle, and I loved how he played Marius as charming and awkward- he became my favorite Marius- now Marius is almost a core favorite character- I just hard to say that after seeing your comment about him)- just to let you know, that was my 5th time seeing the stage show

    Movies: Greatest Showman, I Can Only Imagine, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Fantastic Beasts: Here We Go Again

    I did start writing my first book in 2018

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    1. Wow, a college graduate. I hope to join those ranks soon!
      Awesome, five shows! I love Newsies. I actually got to see a community theatre production of Newsies last fall, and my sisters and cousins were in it. It wasn’t Broadway, but it was still good.
      Yeah, Joshua Grosso was pretty great. I am glad to hear I am not the only one who thinks so!
      “Fantastic Beasts: Hear We Go Again,” haha, I saw that one too. 😉
      Best of luck with writing!

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      1. CPCC- they have an extremely amazing theatre program. They don’t just use their students in their productions- they also put professionals and the community: all three felt more than a community college production. It felt amazing going back to the place where my college journey began.

        Okay: Newsies was an graduation present from one of my best friends from college. It was a total surprise- I fell in love with show on tour. Total surprise- she just showed up at my house not telling me she was coming- while waiting in will call line- she was only telling me she wanted to see the theatre- turns out she was picking up tickets- I wanted to see Newsies at CPCC- I was 100% convinced I wasn’t going going to see, and well it happened.

        I wasn’t expecting Marius to be a standout- but he was. Now whenever I think of the character, Joshua’s Marius comes to mind.

        Very funny- “Fantastic Beasts: Here We Go Again”

        I am trying to write to a book without knowing what I am doing

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      2. My book still has no title even though I wish it did. At least, it is written even though it still needs a lot of editing- even big picture ideas needs work. I can’t continue much until I get comments back from my first reader.

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      3. I cannot believe I wrote that- “Fantastic Beasts: Here We Go Again”. I grew up a Harry Potter fan, which led me into watching the Fantastic Beasts series.

        Growing up, I wanted to be a Gryffindor all because of the trio- now that I have fallen in love with Newt, I don’t mind being in either Gryffindor or Hufflepuff. I still love the original Harry Potter series but totally love Fantastic Beasts series.

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      4. Yeah, I always wanted to be a Gryffindor growing up too! But now I think I’m a Ravenclaw. Or a Hufflepuff. I’m not quite sure, but I do know that I’m not a Gryffindor. 🙂 I love Newt so much!

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  2. YES LES MIS. I had an experience similar to your Marius experience when I saw my first performance. I’d never liked Cosette before; she just seemed like the Beautiful, Innocent Heroine who just Had To Exist Because. But when I saw it live, I fell in love with her. She was intelligent, fiery, and adventurous while still being a daydreamer and general fountain of kindness. Eponine is still my favorite female character, but I have a new appreciation for Cosette. (Although the Marius in my production looked to be at least 40, which was….weird. to say the least.)

    I read Great Expectations for school this year, and I ended up liking it a lot. I’m looking for more Dickens to read now (thinking of Bleak House, for one, because I like political/legal stories). Do you have any recommendations?

    Eleanor | On the Other Side of Reality

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    1. It’s so cool when that happens- a character you always found boring is played so well that they become interesting. I have always felt quite similarly about Cosette, but I think a great performance would change my mind. Yeah…40 year old Marius doesn’t sound like the best idea.
      Ooh, I love Great Expectations! I have been wanting to read Bleak House myself, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I also really like Nicholas Nickleby and Oliver Twist.
      Thanks for commenting!

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  3. I also saw Les Mis for the first time in November, and I loved it. I also loved the Marius in that production (though alas, it was not Joshua Grosso, though I’ve heard much about Joshua Grosso). I thought he was really good (and he reminded me a lot of my brother, mostly because he was all arms and legs and very awkward and yet endearing). And his Empty Chairs was brilliant.

    Oh, I haven’t read Dombey and Sons yet, but this (pardon, *last*) year I did read Little Dorrit and I read A Tale of Two Cities…twice. And Oliver Twist, but I was strangely disappointed by it. I’m hoping to get Great Expectations and Nicholas Nickleby or David Copperfield read this year. I’ve also got War and Peace sitting on my bookshelf and staring me down.

    So I think I’ve got my plate full reading wise 😛

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    1. The Marius you saw does sound endearing! I think it can help when characters remind us of people we know sometimes. I am so happy you got to see it!
      Wow, your reading list is quite substantial indeed! I read War and Peace several years ago, and if Leo Tolstoy is one thing, it’s long-winded…. But I’m glad I read it because it feels impressive, haha. 😉

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  4. I loved the Help! AHHH, Howl’s Moving Castle and 84, Charing Cross Road! Have you read Guernsey Literary Potato Society? It’s also written in letters and has much to do with books. I hope your story club continues and is amazing! And oh my goodness, college graduation and getting a job- that sounds exciting and crazy and crazy again. Congrats on becoming almost basically an aunt!! And your voice recital and book draft and moon pictures. :))

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    1. Thank you for talking about Howl’s Moving Castle and 84, Charing Cross Road on your blog or I may not have discovered their brilliance!
      No, I haven’t read Guernsey Literary Potato Society, though I did see the movie and moderately enjoyed it. That’s cool that it’s written in letters!
      Thank you, I do too!
      Thanks again. 🙂

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